This Is AWESOME!!!!!!!! Good work! is that the ace ring on her hand? It's on the ring finger instead of the middle so I want to see if it is. This is so awesome, I never expected to see asexual related stuff in your gallery! (I just finished reading your webcomic, I found it today). YAY!
I think that perhaps you could define her as your "demisexual persona" or something that relates more to you than to a whole comunnity. Because honestly, I don't want to be linked to this gijinka whenever I mention my sexuality, I already have a difficult time mentioning it at all. I'm not mad, just a little hurt and sad because it has happened already.
I admit that I'm no expert in either gijinkas or Asexuality, but I think there's something a little... topsy turvy about an Asexual gijinka. The design of most gijinkas are based on idealized feminine traits or straight-up sex appeal to draw in people's attention. Asexuals by definition respond differently to femininity and sex appeal. In that context, an Asexual gijinka seems almost like a flag for the colorblind; members of the community see it differently from outsiders.
Speaking as a heterosexual male, I find Ace-tan to be very sexy, even though her every detail screams, "Let's just be friends."
"Gijinka" is essentially the japanese word for "Personification" (I believe "Jin" means 'human' and "ka" means 'of'. "Gi" might mean something like 'form' but I'm just going off the top of my head right now so I'm not entirely sure.) Gijinka are just that-- characters meant to represent humanized forms of something non-human.
In the fandom community this often refers to Pokemon or Digimon personifications, but in the literal sense it means anything personified.
I don't... understand how you thought this would be a good idea. with all due respect.
imo this is kind of offensive :/ I'm not asexual but I feel like this kind of sends the message that asexual people have certain universal traits, which doesn't make sense and kind of defeats the purpose of the whole social justice thing.
honestly I think the only reason people aren't getting really pissed about this is because the actual portrayal and subject matter itself is pretty neutral, (for lack of a better word) and most people aren't aware of the facts about/don't have any strong feelings about asexuals and asexuality. if you tried the same thing with homosexuality or heterosexuality there would be blood in the streets.
I understand that you're probably just having fun with this but I think you should know that it could easily turn ugly!
butting in here, three years later: I'm an asexual and quite honestly I think the gijinka's cute. It's just a personification, how ONE PERSON would see the general concept of asexuality. This is a creative way of putting the word out there that asexuals EXIST. That is what's important to us even still, three years later.
I don't understand why everyone's getting their panties in a bunch about it. It's a good drawing and it's out there to make people aware that we exist, that we're just normal people just like anyone else.
If it does "turn ugly" I would take all responsibility for it. But as for myself and my other ace friends, they have all had positive reactions to the picture. There are very few artists here who post about it asexuality, and the few who do probably aren't senior members. I'm using my art as a platform to spread awareness.
This character obviously isn't meant to represent all traits of all asexual people. She's pretty non-descript as it is. You could assign whatever personality you wanted to her.
asexuality is not having sexual interest in either gender, if I'm right? kind of a hard thing to quantify in a drawing... Maybe it's because I'm stupid, but, I am having a hard time understanding how this could relate to a "lack of interest in and desire for sex" -Wikipedia. Aside from that, great job, up to your usual standards
Ah! I've never seen an Ace gijinka before! So excited~! I love that you included books, and ink pen, and glasses because, personally, those are some of my favourite things. I'm demisexual and I approve of this SO HARD.
One thing I've found in common with all my ace friends (and myself, also demisexual) is that they are all REALLY obsessed with fandom, particularly with reading and writing, and/or viewing and creating fanart.
Of course, you could say that about almost all my friends, I sort of live in a fandom bubble. But I do think there's a trend that asexuals pour their energy and attention into other things (such as fandom) even more than sexuals do.
Agreed! Most of my gray-a and ace friends- myself included- all to be heavily involved in some sort of fandom. I'm sure it's not JUST an ace thing, but it's silly how we all seem to gravitate toward these things